Flight Report: G-CEGG ~ A Few Days Hopping Clouds

We’ve reached that time of year when the weather starts to take a turn for the worse and people begin to reach for the bobble hats and woolly jumpers. Hot air ballooning is a year-round activity but being weather dependent, the chances to fly become fewer and fewer as winter takes hold and our weather becomes wetter and more unpredictable.

This means that when flyable weather does appear, you grab it with both hands. Last week was a perfect example of this, with a number of flyable slots appearing during the week; the chance to get in the sky was too much to turn down.

I own and regularly fly a small, one-man balloon known as a cloudhopper. To reduce weight, the traditional wicker basket is replaced with a seat, the fuel tank being strapped to the back and a 5 points harness holding you in place. While sounding very scary, it’s a proven and perfectly safe way to fly.

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Being so small, it also means it packs away into 3 bags, and so can be easily transported in the back of a car. Making it the perfect winter balloon where you want to grab flying slots at the last minute, exactly like last week.

Obviously being so open to the elements, you don’t have many places to put or carry things, but for one of the flights last week, I took a camera with me to give you a pilots eye view of a flight.

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